Suspect named in case of abduction and bodies found in Ashland, Richland County

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ASHLAND, Ohio--  Shawn Grate has been officially charged with one count of abduction in the investigation into events centering around an Ashland County home.

Photo courtesy: Ashland Police

Shawn GratePhoto courtesy: Ashland Police

Ashland Chief of Police David Marcelli confirmed at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that on Tuesday morning around 6:40 a.m., a woman escaped from the home in question. Upon their arrival at the home, police discovered the remains of two other people.

Later on Tuesday, officials told the Fox 8 I TEAM that remains of a body found in Richland County could also be connected to this case. Officials say the suspect alerted them to the location of that body.

Body found in Richland County (Photo courtesy: FOX 8's Peggy Gallek)

Body found in Richland County (Photo courtesy: FOX 8's Peggy Gallek)

Body found in Richland County (Photo courtesy: FOX 8's Peggy Gallek)

Body found in Richland County (Photo courtesy: FOX 8's Peggy Gallek)

Ashland County coroner Dale Thomae was called to the scene, but will be unable to begin identifying the bodies until crime scene units are finished. He did not know the gender of the victims.

Police sources originally told the FOX 8 I-Team that authorities were at an Ashland home in connection with a missing person/abduction case.

Ashland police, the Ashland County Sheriff's Office, the Ashland County Prosecutor's Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are all investigating.

Stay with FOX 8 News and fox8.com for more information as it becomes available.

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